WANTED: Teams of two or three adults, preferably who think they can spell, wear outstanding costumes, or have creative team names, at the annual “GRATE” Altus Spelling Bee. These teams will help raise money for the Great Plains Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization that provides literacy services in Jackson and Harmon Counties.
The fun and entertaining event is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at the Band the Western Oklahoma State College Band Room in Altus. The fundraiser will begin at 9 a.m. in the morning.
“The ‘Grate’ word was used to draw attention to the spelling of words and to describe the friendly, fun competition associated at the fund raiser of needed money for a very serious problem of illiteracy in the area,” explained the literacy board president Bruce Davis. “It really is a ‘great’ event.”
The spelling bee will be a lighthearted contest where the team can work together in spelling the word at the contest. Not only will competition recognize the best spellers as a team, but the best costumes and best team names will win awards. Also a special award goes to the top military team. Even an award is presented to the first team that misspells a word.
“Consider sponsoring a team from a business, organization, church or making a contribution to the non-profit organization,” stated Spelling Bee chair Kristin Shelby of Hollis. “The fundraiser is about eight weeks away, so we encourage team spellers to make preparations now.”
Information about the spelling rules and a suggested word study website are available at the Altus Public Library upon payment of the $100 entry fee. The team also has an opportunity to purchase three mulligans for $25, payable with the team registration. At the event, three mulligans will cost $35.
There is no admission fee for the public to attend the event. Door prizes and refreshments will be available throughout the contest.
Who will prevail this year and take home the top prizes? Find out on April 2 as teams compete for bragging rights and win at the 2016 “GRATE” Altus Spelling Bee.
Ida Fay Winters is the Great Plains Literacy Council Coordinator